Most transparent administration evah sorry for making journo delete photos

posted at 2:48 pm on March 14, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

It was a college student journalist. You know how dangerous they can be.

A staffer for Vice President Joe Biden demanded that a reporter delete photos he’d taken at an event in Rockville, Md., Tuesday. The vice president’s office later apologized to University of Maryland J-school Dean Lucy Dalglish after she complained about the incident in a letter.

Jeremy Barr, a reporter with the University of Maryland’s Capital News Service, was seated in a non-press section for the event, at which the vice president announced an anti-domestic violence initiative. Biden staffer Dana Rosenzweig approached Barr after the event and ordered him to delete photos.

I feel for the reporter in question, but who’s teaching them to comply so readily? Barr was told to delete photos on his camera, and then had his iPhone inspected before being detained briefly before he was allowed to leave the venue. Come on, man!

Barr said he unknowingly sat in a section of the crowd designated as a non-press area.

“I didn’t see any demarcation that would have designated a press entrance versus a general entrance,” Barr said.

“The event began and I took a few photos of each speaker,” Barr said. “People a few rows in front of me were also taking photos.”

After the event was over, Barr was questioned.

“(The staffer) asked, ‘Did you take any photos during the event?’” Barr said. He told the staffer, yes, he had taken a few photos.

“She said, ‘I need to see your camera right now.’” Barr said. The staffer called Barr’s presence in the non-press area an “unfair advantage” over the other members of the media at the event.

The staffer then requested to watch as Barr deleted the photos from his camera to ensure his compliance, Barr said.

After deleting the photos from the camera, the staffer asked Barr to show her his iPhone to make sure no photos were saved. Barr complied.

“I assumed that I’d violated a protocol,” Barr said. “I gave her the benefit of the doubt that she was following proper procedures.”

Barr was then asked to wait while the staffer contacted her supervisor. After approximately 10 minutes of waiting, the staffer made contact with her supervisor, apologized to Barr for the delay and permitted him to leave the venue.

But I’m sure Bob Woodward is crazy to imagine the bullying of White House staff might change coverage of the White House by younger, inexperienced reporters. This isn’t the first time Biden has been heavy-handed with the press. His staff has taken the unprecedented step of trying to airbrush press poll reports of Biden gaffes and stuck a pool member in a broom closet during a donor event. Mike Riggs has been keeping track of the most open and transparently think-skinned administration in history’s prickliest moments.

In other news, Vice President Biden has gone from elder statesman allegedly bringing gravitas and experience to the ticket in 2008 to wacky old uncle, to national joke, to ironic performance art. I present the White House’s new audio series, “Being Biden.”


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That’s a big effing deal…

d1carter on March 14, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Vice President Biden has gone from elder statesman allegedly bringing gravitas and experience to the ticket in 2008 to wacky old uncle, to national joke, to ironic performance art full blown dementia.


Why do you always soft pedal this sh1te?

Since any Republican Vice President would already be causing a media storm paintint him as non compos mentis …

WHY do you feel there is ANYTHING the least bit amusing about Biden beaing a heartbeat away from the Presidency?

PolAgnostic on March 14, 2013 at 2:56 PM

what is “think-skinned”? lol

CapnObvious on March 14, 2013 at 2:56 PM

The aide had just gotten her brown shirt back from the laundry.

Wino on March 14, 2013 at 2:57 PM

It’s okay, Joe. Just fire a shotgun through the closed window of your limo.

TarheelBen on March 14, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Oh, by the way AP, when CNBC has this as it’s home page headline article, YOU might want to use your bully meterosexual pulpit to comment on it.

Look Who’s Spending: It’s Rich People—Of Course

Rich people are likely picking up much of the slack in consumer spending, with the rest of the burden taken up by those working in a “shadow economy” of under-the-table cash payments, according to some economists.

Working families have gotten slammed with a one-two punch of higher taxes and gas prices, yet retail sales hit a six-month high of 1.1 percent in February.

That increase came despite expectations that consumers would be pressured through the beginning-of-the-year expiration of the payroll tax cut on top of gasoline prices that have surged to $3.70 a gallon nationally.

In fact, the pump-price increase actually contributed to the positive February results.

But the rest of the difference was made up primarily by shoppers at luxury stores who have yet to feel the full effects of their loss income loss.

PolAgnostic on March 14, 2013 at 3:03 PM

stuck a pool member in a broom closet during a donor event.

Let’s kill this meme before it gets started. No one was put in a “broom closet”. They stashed the reporter in a side room that he described as being “used like a closet” since there was furniture and such stacked in there. The reporter also admitted it was pretty standard treatment when trying to interview a politician at a private event – they always get herded out of sight until the event is over, then they get their interview.

This, on the other hand, was not a private event, and was clearly an effort to strong-arm this young man. I agree with MKH: where are they training up these young journalists, because his response was sheep-like? He should have cited the First Amendment and the Fourth, then taken their pictures, too. If they moved to take his camera from him he should have screamed bloody murder and thrown enough of a fit that the police had to be called.

GWB on March 14, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Everyone is paranoid except the Obama Campaign and State Run Media!

forest on March 14, 2013 at 3:04 PM

I feel for the reporter in question, but who’s teaching them to comply so readily?

The public schools and the single-mommy families.

The price of State nurturing is obedience.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 14, 2013 at 3:06 PM

I bet the media is longing for the days of the Nixon enemies list.

rbj on March 14, 2013 at 3:08 PM

The aide had just gotten her brown shirt back from the laundry.

Wino on March 14, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Biden staffer Dana Rosenzweig approached Barr after the event and ordered him to delete photos.

Well, she does have a Teutonic last name worthy of Nazi recognition. I wonder if she’s going after Jews or attack Obooboo’s Israeli diplomatic policies next?

Perhaps Ms. Dalglish should Barr….err.. bar stupid c*nts like Rosenzweig from attending events so they won’t have to apologize for idiocy.

DevilsPrinciple on March 14, 2013 at 3:08 PM

I feel for the reporter in question, but who’s teaching them to comply so readily?

Everyone in the statist school system. This generation of squishes don’t even understand their rights, much less have the balls to exercise them when abused by the authoritarian Left.

RadClown on March 14, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Mary K. Ham,

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It being the whole of the left/liberal/re-distribution operation is based on lies like this, you will enjoy and learn.

The Democrat Party, ie said left/liberal/re-distribution foundation is all lie based and subject to failure when exposed to a rain of truth.

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APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 14, 2013 at 3:12 PM

I’m wondering how in this day and age, that a reporter is not using one of the air wave devices that automatically saves their photos and such to a server at some other location. iPhones and iPads have iCloud.

PrettyD_Vicious on March 14, 2013 at 3:21 PM

So now journalists will just email their photos as they take them….

Chitownmom on March 14, 2013 at 3:34 PM

The White House edits EVERYTHING or is this statement too obscure to be understood? More evidence of the double standard we have that is denied by all politicians of both parties.

mixplix on March 14, 2013 at 3:44 PM

“I gave her the benefit of the doubt that she was following proper procedures.”

Sure, because Republicans get the benefit of the doubt from the press all the time.

Wait, what?

jnelchef on March 14, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Is Being Biden a preexisting condition covered under O-care?

LetsBfrank on March 14, 2013 at 3:56 PM

“(The staffer) asked, ‘Did you take any photos during the event?’” Barr said. He told the staffer, yes, he had taken a few photos.

“She said, ‘I need to see your camera right now.’” Barr said. The staffer called Barr’s presence in the non-press area an “unfair advantage” over the other members of the media at the event.

The staffer then requested to watch as Barr deleted the photos from his camera to ensure his compliance, Barr said.

After deleting the photos from the camera, the staffer asked Barr to show her his iPhone to make sure no photos were saved. Barr complied

…the NEW AMERICA!…Land of the FREE!

KOOLAID2 on March 14, 2013 at 3:58 PM

I believe they do teach how to bend over and to ask nicely for another, in journalism schools today.

How else to explain the undying love, despite the abuse given out, day after day.

MNHawk on March 14, 2013 at 4:01 PM

We need pix of Ms. Rosenzweig so that whenever she appears in public, people can point at her, and mock her – maybe a little Nazi salute would be nice.

Another Drew on March 14, 2013 at 4:19 PM

This administration doesn’t want to be transparent.

They want to be invisible!

WestTexasBirdDog on March 14, 2013 at 4:20 PM

I love it how government dorks are at least 3 years behind technology. If I were approached to delete a pix off my Android phone, I’d do it with a smug grin on my face.

Within 3 minutes of taking a picture, my photos are uploaded automatically to my Google+ account.

kurtzz3 on March 14, 2013 at 4:24 PM

I believe Texas A&M dropped their j-school program when Robert Gates was president there. Probably tired of all the whining coming from the building.

DanMan on March 14, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Jeremy Barr sounds like just the type of “reporter” that this administration approves of……..one with NO FREAKING BALLS!

Hey Jeremy, learn to repeat this reply to staffers; “SHOVE IT!”

GarandFan on March 14, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Obama says he would’ve objected to his own policies as a Senator, but he is President now so it’s different

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/14/obama-transparency-podesta-sunshine-week

“Even the most loyal establishment Democrats are now harshly denouncing the president for his war on transparency”

Resist We Much on March 14, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Two words (besides Tall Finger)

Eye Fi

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SpudmanWP on March 14, 2013 at 5:08 PM

One heartbeat away!

acyl72 on March 14, 2013 at 5:10 PM